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Safe Routes To School

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Safe Routes to School
City of Takoma Park
7500 Maple Avenue
Takoma Park, MD 20912

Hours & Location

8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday - Friday
Community Center
3rd Floor

Contact
Safe Routes To School
Phone Fax Email
Address

Safe Routes to School
City of Takoma Park
7500 Maple Avenue
Takoma Park, MD 20912

Hours & Location

8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday - Friday
Community Center
3rd Floor

 

 

 

What is Safe Routes to School?

The mission of the Takoma Safe Routes to School program is to make it safe for students to walk and bike to school. The program serves students and families at Takoma Park, Piney Branch, Rolling Terrace, and East Silver Spring Elementary Schools, and Takoma Park Middle School.  A Safe Routes to School grant from the State of Maryland funds the program.

To learn more about any of the following programs, contact the Safe Routes to School Coordinator at lucyn@takomaparkmd.gov.

America's Favorite Crossing Guard

We all know that Takoma Park ES, Takoma Park MS, Piney Branch ES, Rolling Terrace ES and East Silver Spring ES have the best Crossing Guards in America. It's time to nominate our guards to let the rest of America know. Safe Kids Worldwide along with FedEx is sponsoring the contest, so, nominate your favorite crossing guard today! Find the information and the nomination form here: https://www.safekids.org/crossing-guard and spread the word!! Be sure to read the contest rules.

Submit your crossing guard to be America’s Favorite Crossing Guard. Use the form to fill out the information about your crossing guard until November 14th.

In November, it’s up to YOU to vote for your favorite crossing guard. You can vote once a day through the end of November.

Then, a judging panel will review the top 5 crossing guards and pick a winner. Safe Kids will come to the winning school to celebrate with a pep rally and celebration. The winner will receive prizes up to $500 to help them better do their job of getting kids to school safely.

This year, as an added bonus, the school of the top 3 crossing guards will win prizes as well:

3rd place school: $5,000

2nd place school: $7,500

Winning school: $10,000

Safe Routes to School works directly with students to teach the best practices for staying safe while commuting to school and around town.

Bike Safety Rodeos

Safe Routes to School  collaborates with area schools to offer bike safety rodeos free of charge to local students. With a combination of classroom learning and hands-on bicycle training, this program teaches best safety practices for biking to school and around town.

Host your own Rodeo! Community leaders must attend a Train the Trainer session before borrowing the trailer to hold their own Bike Rodeo. A Bike Safety Education Train the Trainer session is held annually. Please contact the SRTS Coordinator to learn more.

Cross Safe, Cross Smart

To reinforce safe pedestrian practices, Takoma Park Safe Routes to School developed a Crosswalk Simulation Activity, now called Cross Safe, Cross Smart, for elementary school-aged kids. Cross Safe, Cross Smart includes a mock crosswalk, traffic signs, signals  and other interactive props to engage the students. The workshop, offered in schools and in the community, emphasizes all the basics of pedestrian safety including tips for students to share with parents.

In addition to school workshops, the Cross Safe, Cross Smart kit is loaned to individuals in the community for hands on instruction. Teachers, parents, scout leaders, coaches, for example, can borrow the kit and learn how to use it.  View the video and contact Lucy Neher, Safe Routes Coordinator to schedule a workshop or borrow the Cross Safe, Cross Smart kit.

Cross Safe, Cross Smart Training Video

MAP YOUR ROUTE

Safe Routes helps parents determine the best route with walking maps for each school. These maps indicate which roads have sidewalks, crosswalks, crossing guards and stoplights and more. Click on the Map Your Route tile below.

Walking Safety Tips

  1.  Be alert! Don’t be distracted by your cell phone or headphones.
  2. Use sidewalks. No sidewalk? Walk on the far left side of the street.
  3.  Cross at the crosswalk. Stop. Look left, right, and left again.
  4.  Follow the instructions of the Crossing Guards and Safety Patrols.
  5.  Always wear a helmet when riding a bike, scooter, or skateboard.

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